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    MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers

    I so miss the MS-Office floating toolbar. MS has removed it from Office 2003.

    Has anyone run across anything similar that could be used instead of the TaskBar?

    Thanks for any hints.

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    Check <post#=367498>post 367498</post#> for three free alternatives

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    Available since Windows 95, the Quick Launch Toolbar is equally convenient, and uses less resources (not that it matters much when you have 256MB + of memory).
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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    You beat me to it John! But looking at the Office 2000 shortcut bar I have, I just can't figure it. The corresponding entries on the Start menu and in Windows Explorer for instance, are simply .LNK links, whose Properties don't seem to point anywhere other than back to the folder that holds the link - there is no target specified. For example, the New Office Document link has the Properties shown in the attachment. But these links still work as advertised, opening the appropriate dialog when run. Is this some MS magic at work here, or am I missinng something obvious?

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    Yes, this is Microsoft magic. The various Office shortcuts don't behave like ordinary shortcuts, they have extra functionality built in that is hidden from the user.

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    OK, that being the case, is it possible to emulate such shortcuts on a QuickLaunch toolbar, for instance, using some sort of fancy commandline to open the appropriate dialog?

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    See OFF2000: Unable to Modify Office Shortcuts for an explanation. This MSKB article mentions a tool that can be used to create such shortcuts.

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    Thanks Hans. I found reference/ download to the set of tools, appropriate to Office 2000, here. There's still a mountain of O2K stuff I didn't know about... 4 years down the track!

    Alan

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Tony

    I downloaded all three and will test them one by one and see which one is nicer.

    I'll let you know my opinion so that you can include it, as my humble opinion, in your write ups.

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> John

    YES!!! and it works OK, but it shares the space with other stuff on the Task Bar, so it not desirable.

    Acctually I wish I could emulate Windows XP's behavior where it groups windows of the same application into menus when there are enough of them to do so.

    Short of that, the Office toolbar is best IMHO.

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    Re: MS-Office Toolbar substitute

    Hi Wassim:
    You do know that you can drag it off the taskbar & dock it elsewhere. However, you can't insinuate it into the title bar of an application.

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